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Hunting for Manhood The day of my high school graduation I entered a new stage in my life I would soon start college and embark on my future I was entering my manhood In San Juan Pueblo the Tewa Indians believe that a child enters his manhood when he defeats their sacred animal the elk with nothing but a bow and arrow Being a Tewa Indian I can relate to this It reminds me of when I took my first elk with a bow of course and symbolically entered my manhood Whether Im starting college or hunting an animal Im beginning a new stage in my life Symbolically these events mean the same thing each relevant to the place or time in my life they took place When I began my search for a college I had very few guidelines I wanted to follow location quality and affordability In the world of hunting its exactly the same I have to choose where Im going to hunt make sure its a quality area and make sure its not too far from home I would usually like to hunt in an area thats high in altitude thats where the trophy sized animals live Id prefer to be sitting high in a tree and be able to watch pockets of clouds condense in the thicket of the canyons below me The air should be crisp and fresh with the sweet smell of ponderosa pines and where the sounds of eager bull elk carry for miles My secret spot should be nestled nicely over a favorite game trail but not too hidden that it misses the rising sun that is so comforting in the bitter cold One thing about hunting that brings me down is when theres a lack of wildlife in the area In a picture perfect hunting environment the landscape is dotted with a variety of animals all kinds even if theyre not
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